Floating Clouds

“Quietly eloquent, immaculately crafted… one of the greatest [films] in the history of the Japanese cinema” – LA Times

Amid the poverty and turmoil of post-war Tokyo, a married man’s quiet domestic existence is shattered by the arrival of a woman he shared a brief, but intense, wartime affair with. The two share a powerful bond, but the slow drift of their broken romance threatens to destroy them both.

Considered Mikio Naruse’s definitive masterpiece, and a favourite of directors such as Wong Kar-wai, Edward Yang and Hou Hsiaohsien, Floating Clouds is a patiently observed, heartbreaking portrait of obsessive love. Anchored by a supreme performance from Hideko Takamine as the loving, doomed Yukiko, this is cinema of uncommon grandeur and vision – the work of a master at the height of his powers.

BAPFF’s screening of Floating Clouds commemorates Mikio Naruse’s 110th birth anniversary.

Floating Clouds will be introduced by Yuka Sakano, Head of International Relations for Kawakita Memorial Film Institute and a member of APSA’s International Jury for Youth, Animation and Documentary.